Quarrying near the Metn highway, Friday, March 9, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati affirmed Sunday that he would protect all 15 of Lebanon's nature reserves.The minister could take the unprecedented step of revealing the degree of damage caused to Lebanon's environment by the scourge of thousands of legal and illegal quarries, which devour the country's mountains and forests like an infestation of locusts.It's sadder that all the songs over the decades that celebrated a green Lebanon no longer bear any ties to reality, and today only remind us of successive governments' failure to preserve the country's ecological wealth.
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